• Welcome with tea and coffee in the original pilot briefing room at the 1940's control tower with views across the airfield
• Pre-flight briefing from your instructor and a walk around of the Harvard T6 that you'll be flying in
• A flight experience in the T6 Harvard where your pilot will demonstrate the controls and then give you the chance to take control yourself
• During the flight you'll join in formation with a Mk IX Spitfire and then chase across the skies above Duxford
• Listen in on the inflight radio communications between both pilots and air traffic control
• Whole day access to the 300 acre IWM Duxford site with a private guided tour of the historic and rare aviation collection
• Souvenir photograph alongside the Spitfire
• The Harvard flight duration is 30 minutes in total during which you'll be joined by the Spitfire for approximately 15 minutes (All flight times are 'chock to chock')
• Allow three hours for this experience, plus the rest of the day to view the museum
• Aerobatics are subject to weather conditions on the day
What Can I Expect
Take off into the nostalgic world of the 1940s with an incredible warbird flight! This experience will see you fly a WW2 plane from historic Duxford. And as if that wasn't enough of a thrill for one day, once airborne and cruising nicely, you'll be joined by a genuine Spitfire to fly in formation with this most iconic aircraft.
If you love Second World War aircraft and you love flying, you will simply be in aviation heaven on this day. The whole set up at Duxford is incredible. As soon as you arrive on site you will be plunged into the world of wartime aviation. Even the pre-flight briefing takes place in the original wartime control tower, giving you superb views across the runways and the aprons.
So you've heard all about what your day entails, now it's time to meet the magnificent Harvard. Built under licence by Noorduyn Aviation in 1943, this Harvard has enjoyed a colourful flying history as FE992, with stints in the RCAF, Sweden, Norway and even Lebanon. Her civilian days as G-BDAM saw her taking a starring role in hundreds of air shows between 1985 and 2001 as one part of a Harvard duo wowing crowds everywhere they went.
Now she is resplendent in classic Canadian ‘training yellow’ with red cowling and black anti-glare strip, just like the many Harvards that worked hard as advanced trainers in WW2, with many a trainee fighter pilot in the hot seat. And it's easy to imagine how those young pilots felt when you step into the cockpit and taxi off to the hold ready for take off. The nerves are there, the anticipation is there, as is the desire to do a good job taming this beast of a trainer.
During your flight you will get the chance to take control of your graceful warbird, as this experience is treated as a lesson, not just a sightseeing sojourn. Having said that, you'll soon realise you're not alone in the air and that incredible Merlin engine roar will have craning your neck to see where the Spit is. As she comes into your sights, all eyes will be on her. Take in the air-to-air view of this wonderful old war girl, after all it's not every day you're up in one great warbird flying alongside another great one is it?
After flying formation for several delicious minutes, you peel off and head back to base. As your warbird flight comes to end you'll be able to reflect on the whole amazing experience. Not for too long though, as you've got a guided private tour of the IWM Duxford next, with your host showing you around and explaining some of the 200-plus aircraft to you over the 300 acre-site. We think this is a truly memorable experience that includes flying an American warbird and getting up close to a British one too. Brilliant stuff.
• Weekends and selected weekdays from ,id-March through to mid-November
• All flights are weather dependent but don't worry if your flight is cancelled you can rebook for a convenient time
• Maximum weight 18 stone
• Minimum age 16, maximum age 80
• You must be agile enough to step up onto the wing and climb into the cockpit
• You are welcome to bring friends and family along however they will need to enter the museum to view the flight
• Entry to IWM Duxford is compulsory for participants and accompanying guests. Guests will enjoy half price entry to the site, children under 5 go free
• There are a number of cafe's on site
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Voucher holders also get free entry to IWM Duxford with discounted entrance for accompanying friends and family
• A visit to Duxford is a day out in itself so leave plenty of time to look around
• IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire
• The venue is just off the M11 making it easily accessible from London